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How is the Car Industry Being Affected by the Tsunami and Earthquake in Japan?

March 30, 2011

The tsunami and earthquake of March 11, 2011 have had a devastating effect in Japan.  If you look through Japan’s history, they are usually prepared for earthquakes, but this time, they were taken by surprise.  With the earthquake shaking buildings off their foundation and the tsunami waves sweeping away everything in its path, it leaves you wondering: how is the disaster affecting the car industry? Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Suzuki all have their headquarters in Japan, not to mention their manufacturing facilities, as well.

Not only has Japan's agriculture taken a hit, but so has its automobile industry.  Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Suzuki have experienced both an interruption in production as well as a loss in inventory.Most of the major auto factories have been closed due to the circumstances.  This is going to affect sales and production significantly, locally and worldwide.  Many of the plants are unsure as to how long they will need to close down production.  Along with this delay, auto manufacturers must also deal with the massive loss of inventory.  Nissan lost 2,300 of its cars, 1,300 of which were meant to be exported to the United States.  For every day that the facilities are closed, there is a loss of USD$72,000,000.  Let’s hope that Japan has seen the last of these tragic events and that the car industry can start getting back on its feet and move forward.

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Joie Montoya

Toyota car recall goes global

January 28, 2010

Please retweetToyota announced plans to recall 1.1 million more cars in the US a day after saying it was suspending sales of eight popular US models, bringing the total number of cars recalled in the US to almost eight million.  The number of cars in the recall involving gas pedals has grown to at least 5.3 million.  According to Toyota, the cars included in the recall were manufactured between March 19, 2009 and January 25, 2010 in Tianjin, China.  The vehicles included in the floormat-related recall include:

  • 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2008-2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2009-2010 Venza
  • 2007-2010 Lexus ES350
  • 2006-2010 IS250
  • 2006-2010 IS350
  • 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

Most, but not all, of the vehicles involved in the stuck pedal recall are also involved in the other recall. They are:

  • 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2009-2010 Toyota RAV4, Corolla and Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia
  • and some 2007-2010 Camrys.

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Francis M. Unson